SECO says that, "From only one wind farm located on state land in West Texas (Texas Wind Power Project), the Permanent School Fund has earned more than $750,000 since installation in 1995. The project is expected to earn more than $3 million for state schools and create $300 million in increased economic activity over the 25-year lease period. "
The University of Texas at Austin has long understood it's connection with the oil business and developed a top notch petroleum engineering department and other related fields of study to help promote it's own economic well being. Perhaps it is time that the school focus more on wind related fields of study to help it's future finances. These could be mechanical engineering, re-starting the petroleum land management program (much of the work involved in setting up wind farms is similar to oil and gas land work), and classes in GIS software.